5 Reasons to Consider Short-Stay Rehab to Get You Back on Your Feet

5 Reasons to Consider Short-Stay Rehab to Get You Back on Your Feet

Following discharge from a hospital for injury, illness or surgery, you or a loved one may be in need of therapy to regain your ability to live as independently as possible. This therapy is designed to be a bridge to normal life, rather than a permanent part of life going forward.

For situations such as these, there is short-stay rehab, also known as post-acute rehab. Short-stay rehab is intensive rehabilitation conducted by a multi-disciplinary health care team that might include physical, occupational and speech therapists, along with physicians, nutritionists, nurses and others.

Short-term rehab can get you back on your feet better, faster and stronger. Here are six benefits of this option.

  1. Short Stay

Most people are eager to leave health care institutions and return home as soon as possible. Because short-term rehab is intensive and focused on returning patients home, it can often be completed in four-to-six weeks.

  1. Customized

Your multi-disciplinary team of health care professionals will design a treatment plan specifically focused on your particular health issues, with the express purpose of building enough strength and confidence to allow you to return home.

The most common therapies provided by short-stay rehab centers are physical, occupational and speech therapy. Physical therapy is generally focused on the lower body and helps patients regain their ability to walk or use mobility devices, build strength and master important daily physical activities like standing up and bending over.

Occupational therapy is generally focused on the upper body and helps patients regain their activities of daily living like brushing teeth, preparing meals and dressing.

Speech therapy aids with swallowing, drinking and speaking.

3. Comfortable

Because their goal is to restore you to normal life, short-stay rehab facilities feel more like living facilities than like hospitals. Residents wear their own clothing and can eat their own food, if they like. Many residents personalize their living spaces and have opportunities to interact with other residents more than in a hospital.

At Nye Health Services short-stay rehab facilities — like Nye Legacy and Nye Pointe in Fremont, Gateway Vista in Lincoln, and Regency Square in South Sioux City — various amenities afford culinary, entertainment and socialization opportunities. These include private dining rooms, a library, chapel, clubhouse, common areas and even conference rooms for those conducting business while they recover. Most campuses provide guest suites for overnight stays by visiting friends and family.

4. Covered by Insurance

Medicare covers up to 100 days of inpatient therapy for patients who have stayed overnight in the hospital for inpatient care, at least three of the last 30 days. Because short-stay rehab is often completed in less than half that time, there is little or no cost to the patient. This is contingent on a variety of considerations, including whether the patient is making progress. 

5. Advanced Equipment and Techniques 

In a short-stay rehab facility, you’re likely to find the most advanced rehabilitation equipment and techniques. In-home therapy is limited by circumstances, but in-patient therapy can offer specialized equipment and unique programs like pet therapy. 

Nye Health Services offers seven communities in Eastern Nebraska and Wyoming, structured to meet the needs of their residents from independent living to skilled nursing, memory care, and now home care services. A family-owned company with a rich history of connecting with the people they serve, Nye Health Services is open for visits anytime. Call 402.753.1400 to schedule an appointment at locations in Fremont, Lincoln, South Sioux City, Norfolk, or Jackson Hole, or visit NyeHealthServices.com for more information. 

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6 Ways Technology Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors

6 Ways Technology Can Enhance the Lives of Seniors

For people who grew up with rotary phones, encyclopedia sets and the Sears Roebuck catalog, today’s technology can be disorienting. Many adults – not just seniors – turn up their noses at social media and the ubiquity of phones. 

While technology can be mindless, anti-social and all-consuming, it also confers plenty of benefits on those who use it to improve their lives. In fact, there are numerous technological advancements that can make life easier for seniors.  

Here are six of them: 

1.  Video Chatting 

If the grandkids can’t make it across the country to visit grandma with their new baby, at least they can show their faces using the consumer-friendly technology of video chatting. Skype and Facetime are the best known of the video chatting services, all of which allow video and audio connections between users no matter the distance. It’s not a gimmick; it’s a great advancement of particular value to the elderly who aren’t as mobile. 

2. High-Tech Hearing Aids 

The sound is better and the aesthetics are solved with today’s hearing aids, which can be made so small, thanks to the miniaturization of the electronics, that they’re essentially unnoticeable. Add wireless transmission and you have crystal clear sound. Hearing is easier than ever for today’s seniors. 

3. Personal Emergency Response Systems   

No more yelling that you’ve fallen and can’t get up, like a widely-mocked late night TV commercial. Today’s emergency response systems can be worn inconspicuously on the wrist or on a belt, and alerted with the touch of a button, sending out the exact location of the wearer. Best of all, it’s mobile, so grandpa has backup no matter where he goes. 

4Tablets and E-Readers  

To read a book, seniors with vision issues used to have to travel to the library and take out a large print book, if there was one on the shelves that they wanted to read. Today, they can download books to their tablet or e-reader and adjust the font size to their liking. Although there is a cost, many libraries now lend e-books for free. 

5Medication Management Systems   

These systems remind their owners to take their medications, dispense the proper doses, calculate and report missed doses, store health information and contact pharmacies for refills. Many of them are even HIPPA-compliant. Thanks to the online connectivity of the systems, family members of seniors who have trouble keeping track of their prescriptions no longer have to worry.  

6Smart Watches & Activity Trackers 

Technology makes it easier to ensure you stay active as you age. Most smart watches and activity trackers will track your steps, calories burned during exercise and even your resting and active heart rates. Some higher-end models, such as the Apple Watch, can even help detect irregular heartbeats, which can alert users to a possible heart situation that needs addressed. You can share your daily progress with friends, and even test your loved ones with activity challenges to see who can meet and exceed their fitness goals.  

Technology doesn’t have to be silly and time-wasting. There are plenty of products specifically designed for a better life. 

Nye Health Services  offers seven communities in Eastern Nebraska and Wyoming, structured to meet the needs of their residents from independent living to skilled nursing care. A family-owned company with a rich history of connecting with the people they serve, Nye Health Services is open for visits anytime. Call  402.753.1400 to schedule an appointment at locations in Fremont, Lincoln, South Sioux City,  Norfolk, or  Jackson Hole, or  visit  NyeHealthServices.com  for more information.  

6 Amazing Ways a Positive Attitude Improves Aging

6 Amazing Ways a Positive Attitude Improves Aging

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.”  George Bernard Shaw 

Study after study has shown the power of positive thinking, no more powerful than as we age. A glass-half-full attitude towards getting older leads to a longer and better life. 

Here are six ways a positive attitude has been shown to improve our lives:

1. We Live Longer!

Research shows that a positive attitude towards aging leads to a longer life. One study found people with positive perceptions lived seven-and-a-half years longer, all other things being equal. That’s double the impact of exercising regularly or maintaining a healthy weight. The happier you are about getting old, the more of it you get to do!  

2. We Age Slower

Optimistic people have better mobility as they age and are more likely to be able to perform their activities of daily living. The less concerned we are about aging, the less aged we appear. 

3. We Age Better 

Lots of research has found that we walk faster, think sharper and remain more physically fit the more positive our outlook. It’s like we’re all little engines that could – we think we can, we think we can. And then we can! 

4. We Are Much Healthier

It’s incredible how much our outlook on life affects our health, but numerous studies have found that people with a positive mindset have less coronary disease. In fact, in one study, even people who had a family history of heart disease but a thumbs-up outlook were one-third less likely to have a heart attack. Similar findings have involved a wide range of maladies like strokes and even brain tumors. Other studies reveal lower cholesterol, greater ability to fight off the common cold and other benefits, just from keeping a smile on our face.

5. We Are Less Stressed

The more we look forward to getting older, the stronger our immune system and the greater our ability to ward off the physical and emotional toll of stressful situations. Research shows a positive attitude better protects us against the inflammatory damage of stress, compared to people with a negative outlook. We’re also less likely to suffer negative emotions in response to a stressful event if we start with a positive outlook. 

6. We Bounce Back from Adversity Faster

Being positive isn’t a guarantee that only good things will happen to us. People with positive attitudes fall and break their hips, get hit by cars and suffer cancer diagnoses just like everyone else. But research has found that people who feel good about aging were significantly better at bouncing back from severe disability than those who don’t. 

The evidence is pretty clear: whether you think your later years are going to be great or miserable, you’re likely to be right. So why not think positively about your life ahead and enjoy all the benefits? 

Nye Health Services  offers seven communities in Eastern Nebraska and Wyoming,  structured to meet the needs of their residents from independent living to skilled nursing care. A family-owned company with a rich history of connecting with the people they serve, Nye Health Services is open for visits anytime. Call  402.753.1400 to schedule an appointment at locations in Fremont, Lincoln, South Sioux City,  Norfolk, or  Jackson Hole, or  visit  NyeHealthServices.com  for more information.